(New York, NY) November 15, 2012—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Keith Miller’s acclaimed feature debut WELCOME TO PINE HILL. The film had its world premiere this past winter at the Slamdance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It has since gone on to collect numerous additional awards, including the Jury Prizes at the Seattle International Film Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival. PINE HILL will have its theatrical premiere in early 2013.
WELCOME TO PINE HILL is an extension of Miller’s earlier short film PRINCE/WILLIAM about an unexpected encounter surrounding a lost dog. Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, PINE HILL follows that short’s protagonist Shannon, a reformed drug dealer who is now an insurance claims adjuster, in the days following a grim medical diagnosis. Shannon, portrayed in an extraordinarily intimate performance by first time actor Shannon Harper, sets out to make peace with those around him and in turn find his own peace beyond the cacophony of New York City.
Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger said, “In PINE HILL, Keith has crafted a unique and affectionate portrait of a complex character (and Shannon’s performance mirrors that). We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to help bring this film to a wider audience and also psyched that we’ll soon be welcoming a new four-legged office visitor in Lucy’s stead.”
Of the acquisition, director Keith Miller said, “It’s great to be a part of the O-Scope family. Everyone there has been great and supportive and so many of the films and filmmakers in their catalog are some of my favorites and have been a real inspiration. Both for the company of filmmakers and the clear vision and ethic, it’s a real honor to be a part of the team.”
The film is a collaboration of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and was produced by Elisabeth Holm.